Merrill elected president of Investigative Post

Dr. Michael Merrill has been elected president of the board of directors of Investigative Post.

Michael Merrill

Merrill is medical director, clinical performance management, with Independent Health. Before attending medical school, he worked as a newspaper reporter for three years after graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

“Investigative Post is the most important nonprofit in Buffalo because it puts everybody on notice that if they misbehave, there’s a risk of getting caught,” he said.

Merrill succeeds Jody Kleinberg Biehl. Previous presidents include two veteran investigative reporters, David Cay Johnston and Lee Coppola.

“Mike has been an enthusiastic board member since joining us, as well as a generous donor,” said Jim Heaney, editor and executive director. “He’s going to provide leadership as we move forward with our plans to grow.”

The Investigative Post board, at its Sept. 22 meeting, also elected the following officers:

  • George Nicholas, vice president. Nicholas is senior pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • Michael Newman, treasurer. Newman is owner and CEO of Newman Properties Inc.
  • Jody Kleinberg Biehl, secretary. Biehl is director of the University at Buffalo’s Journalism program.

Investigative Post is a nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo.